Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Superman Unbound

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 100% (Audience)
Directed By: James Tucker
Written By: Bob Goodman
Starring: Matt Bomer, Stana Katic, Molly C. Quinn and John Noble
Studio: Warner Bros Pictures

Synopsis: An unstoppable android on the horizon. A mysterious fireball hurtling toward Earth. A fearless – and beautiful – reporter who will stop at nothing to get her story. It’s just another day for the heroic Man of Steel… only this time, for better or for worse, he has his unpredictable cousin, Supergirl, by his side. The gritty adventure begins as Superman learns about the ruthless force known as Brainiac, who has seized and miniaturized Krypton’s capital city of Kandor. (Source)

The Good:
The voice cast for this film was great. While Tim Daly and Dana Delany are still my favorites Superman and lois Lane voices, Bomer and Katic were really good in the roles and had a nice playful chemistry with one another. Molly C. Quinn captured the dichotomy of Supergirl and should be kept in mind for any future voice castings for the character. The standout of the voice actors was John Noble. He brought just the right levels of coldly aloof malice that the character of Brainiac needs and if Brainiac is ever brought to the big screen in a live action movie and there needs to be a voice for a CGI Brainiac then Noble is the man for the job.
The art was nice too…it was a melding of old school Disney hand drawn animation and Japanese Anime.

The Bad:
Some of the melodrama with the Clark Kent/Lois Lane relationship was a bit too soap opera for my tastes and the resolution to the climactic battle with Brainiac was a total cop-out.

The Ugly:
I was really hoping to see the tiny citizens of Kandor pitching in to help fight Brainiac once they were exposed to the Earth’s yellow sun and Brainiac came to destroy the planet. The filmmakers missed a golden opportunity to have a city full of ant sized supermen flying around doing battle with an army of killer robots.

Final Verdict: A fun animated tale that hit all the right beats with the character interactions and the voice acting. The movie made a few missteps but SUPERMAN UNBOUND was still a nice appetizer in pereparation for the main event that is the MAN OF STEEL movie.

Rating: B-

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